Invited talk at the 10th International Morphological Processing Conference, in Trieste, Italy

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Last week I was invited to give a talk about Morphology and MRI at the 10th MoProc conference, as part of a symposium titled “Neuroscience and Morphology”, organised by Jon Andoni Duñabeitia (BCBL). The other speakers of the symposium were Alina Leminen (University of Helsinki), who talked about Morphology and MEG, and Eva Smolka (Konstanz University), who talked about Morphology and ERPs. This was an excellent event, which gave us the opportunity to sum up current evidence in the field, highlight gaps in our knowledge and identify the pros and cons of each neuroimaging method. A review paper will come out of this collaboration soon. In the meantime, you can access the talks, along with all the research papers that were discussed as part of this symposium, via this link.

Our lab at the 11th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Limerick, Ireland

This week we were at the 11th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Limerick, Ireland. Vince presented our latest experiment, a longitudinal study on the effects of bilingual immersion on brain structure. Our poster attracted a lot of interest, and we received valuable comments and feedback. Overall, a successful conference!

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Vince hard at work!

 

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Do we look proud enough?

 

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And here is a closeup of the poster

 

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With Anna Wolleb and Ludovica Serratrice, aka the heart and soul of Bilingualism Matters @ Reading 

 

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And of course, no visit to Ireland is complete without a pint of stout! Who said conferences are not fun?

 

 

The Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism @ the University of Reading has a new website!

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We are excited to announce the launch of the new website of the Centre of Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM). Visit our new website here to  find out who we are, learn about our research interests and priorities, as well as ongoing projects and upcoming events related to literacy and multilingualism. The new website also includes a new page for Bilingualism Matters @ Reading, our outreach service designed to inform and support bilingual and multilingual families.

Noam Chomsky at the University of Reading

A couple of weeks ago we were honoured by the visit of Professor Noam Chomsky at the University of Reading, where he was invited by our School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences. During his presence here, Professor Chomsky gave three talks on international politics and on linguistics, which can still be viewed online by clicking through the links below (via the UoR Facebook page):

Racing for the precipice: Is the human experiment doomed?

Generative linguistics in the 21st Century: The Evidence and the Rhetoric (including panel discussion)

If you could ask Professor Noam Chomsky one question, what would it be? (Student-only event)

Our Psycholingustics and Neurolinguistics lab also had the opportunity to informally meet and chat with Professor Chomsky. This has been an excellent week for all of us, full of stimulating conversations and new ideas! Special thanks to my Reading colleagues, esp. Professor Jason Rothman and Ashika Mistry, who oversaw the organisation of all these events.

 

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Eurosla 27 – Registration now open

Registration for Eurosla 27 (Reading, 30th August – 2nd September 2017) is now open. Please click on the link below to access the registration website.

https://www.reading.ac.uk/celm-eurosla27/registration/

Please note that there are TWO DIFFERENT BUTTONS:

The first button is  for  members of staff or students at the University of Reading or keynote speakers/invited speakers for the Round Table.

The second button is for researchers or PhD students from outside the University of Reading.

Registration fees include fees for the Eurosla membership (50 euros for researchers, 30 euros for PhD students).

Accommodation in the halls for residence can be booked through the registration website. It is also possible to book

accommodation in the Cedars Hotel on Whiteknights campus (http://www.venuereading.com/Sleep/vr-cedars-hotel.aspx) after

completing registration but places in the Cedars Hotel are limited. There are also many hotels in Reading which can be booked separately (not through the conference).

Attention speakers: at least one speaker should have registered for the conference by 19th June to secure a place on the programme. Registration will be closed after the 15th August.

We look forward to meeting you in Reading in August.

Best regards,

Organizers, EuroSLA 2017

Email: eurosla27@reading.ac.uk

Participants needed for MRI study! Do you speak more than one language? Want a high-definition image of your brain?

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You are invited to take part in an MRI study, which investigates how learning and using a second language affects the brain. We are looking for both speakers of English as a second language who live in the UK (including learning both languages from birth), and native speakers of English (with little to no experience with a second language). Participants need to be right-handed and have no history of speech and/or language disorders including dyslexia. 

What do I have to do?

A single session that will take place in the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN), in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences,University of Reading. You will undergo a scanning session and complete a cognitive and (if you are a non-native speaker of English) an English proficiency task. You will also be asked to fill out a Language Background Questionnaire before the scanning day.

How long will it take?

The MRI scan lasts about 60 minutes, and the whole session will last about two hours.

You will receive a contribution payment of £20 towards travel expenses and/or compensation for your time spent with us. You will also receive a high-resolution anatomical image of your brain later, after your participation.

For more information, and to book your participation, please get in touch:

Vincent DeLuca (Vincent.deluca[at]pgr.reading.ac.uk)

Invited talk: Bi-/multilingualism and brain plasticity: Current evidence and implications for cognitive ageing

I have been invited by the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, Canada, to give a talk titled “Bi-/multilingualism and brain plasticity: Current evidence and implications for cognitive ageing”. This is part of the ‘Life Trajectory and Cognitive Ageing’ scientific meeting, to be held on the 17th of May, which will feature a variety of talks on the topic of cognitive ageing and the strategies or lifestyle changes that might interact with it.

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The full programme of the meeting can be found here